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  •  75 is a damn big number for many, many (0+ / 0-)

    areas of research. It doesn't make the two period incomparable -- it's exactly what it is.

    This isn't a sampling problem -- they're not selecting a subset of the "total usage", but precisely comparing its usage over two periods. It's not statistical at all -- it's a perfect summation of the data.

    If there are two apples in my how and 3000 apples in the supermarket (we've counted), then the fact that I have only two apples in my house is a fact -- not a statistical anomaly.

    •  75 is the number of years- (0+ / 0-)

      54 articles over 75 years is slightly more than one article a year, most of them written before color tv was invented.

      The 75 articles a year in 07/08 is plenty to sample from, but what they have to compare it to is the problem..

      Would you venture to assert that every household has two apples based on your analogy?  I don't think so...

      As for those that voted with stars in their eyes in 2008, it was only because they had their lights punched out the previous eight years...

      by nyseer on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 09:15:02 PM PDT

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      •  Nyseers claim is bogus (0+ / 0-)

        He says:
        "Would you venture to assert that every household has two apples based on your analogy?  I don't think so..."

        We're not talking about all houses or all newspapers, we're talking about one house: the tattered house that is the NY Times.

        The question is whether nyseer is that bad at statistics or that dishonest in his debating techniques. A few postings should make that clear.

        •  What the hell is that about (0+ / 0-)

          Big talk from someone with your prolific output...

          As for those that voted with stars in their eyes in 2008, it was only because they had their lights punched out the previous eight years...

          by nyseer on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 09:59:00 PM PDT

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